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My First Plié

Parent and Toddler Ballet

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My daughter and I have been doing Miss Maria's class since September 2021 and love it. Such a lovely thing to do together and Miss Maria is excellent with the toddlers and getting them involved in movements suitable for their ability. We are moving up to the Pre-School class!


Miss Maria is a fantastic ballet teacher, she is great with all the children and teaches ballet in a fun and age appropriate way.


Maria is a great teacher, friendly and really good with little children. I like how it is not strict but super fun and allows children to express themselves!


Such a lovely class, my daughter loves it. Really gentle, and a great introduction to ballet



Following the "Melody Movement Early Learning" Syllabus, tailored to discovering and fulfilling the potential of each child and nurturing their individual development.

Melody Movement introduces children to dance and movement using the natural actions of the body such as running, walking, jumping, hopping, skipping and galloping. It also introduces children to fundamental curriculum learning skills such as counting, colour and shape recognition, vocabulary and language skills. The strength of the system is that learning is achieved through imaginative movement which is enjoyable and fun.


Melody Bear is the focal point of the dance classes and her songs, music, picture cards and stories integrate to create Melody Bear’s magical world of dance.

MMEL Melody Bear & Miligan Bear   dancin
Teacher Maria

Miss Maria BA, DDE ISTD,

  • BA-Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo

  • DDE ISTD Ballet Registered Teacher

  • PBT Certified Teacher

  • Xtend Barre Certified Instructor

  • Melody Bear Movement Licensed Teacher

Maria commenced studying ballet at the age of seven, participating in many competitions. After training professionally, she worked as an actor in children’s theatre for several years although always maintained her dance training.
In 2012, Maria completed further training with the Royal Academy of Dance and began teaching ballet privately for international schools. On relocating to the UK, she trained with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). As a Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT)teacher, she has delivered workshops and classes across the UK. Maria offers private lessons for ballet and PBT and also currently works as a teacher for The Bristol School of Dancing where she is in charge of the popular Southville branch.

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